Zip-Line Fan? Here’s A Look At The Fastest In The World

If you’re a fan of speed and extreme recreational activities at tall heights, there’s a good chance you’re probably already a fan of zip-lining. Zip-line parks have sprung up all over the world, and it’s a great way for the entire family to spend the day having fun. Some zip-line locations, though, are geared toward only the most serious thrill-seekers.

That’s where “Zip World” comes in.

Zip World is located in northern Wales and it’s home to the fastest zip-line attraction in the world. It just opened the “Velocity 2,” a four-person zip-line that sends participants 25 mph faster than the previous world record holder, which is the “Velocity,” also located at Zip World.

The Velocity 2 uses new technology to increase the speed at which riders sail through the air, as well as their overall comfort. So, just how fast is that?  The Velocity 2 hurls riders along at a staggering 125 miles per hour!  That makes it the fastest zip-line in the world, but it also happens to be the longest zip-line in Europe. The steep incline of the Velocity 2 will get riders to the 60 mph mark in under 10 seconds. At max speed, the zip-line exceeds terminal velocity—the top speed of a skydiver, freefalling from the sky.

If the speed and length of the Velocity 2 aren’t enough to get your blood pumping, the zip-line doesn’t do too poorly in the height department, either. Riders will sail at 500 feet over the Penrhyn Quarry, which at one point was Wales’ largest slate quarry and still contains slate that is 500 million years old.

If your interest is peaked and you’re considering bringing your foursome to Wales to experience the Velocity 2 for yourself, you can expect to pay £75 ($85USD) per person. That’s a pretty reasonable price tag for something you can add to your resume that boasts words like “World’s fastest” and “Europe’s Tallest.”  For more details and reservations, visit the Zip World website at